Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Nightfall LookBook // Quilty Things : :

The LookBook for my brand new collection with Art Gallery Fabrics, Nightfall, was just released and I hope you'll enjoy taking a peek! Inside you'll find each print of this dreamy collection on display in the form of dozens of inspirational projects from creative bags, to beautiful garments and quilts! Today I want to start by showcasing some of the amazing quilts and pillows featured in the Lookbook to get you inspired for Nightfall quilting!

Nightfall Lookbook!

One of my favorite photos from the Lookbook is found right on the cover -- a whimsical outdoor haven featuring the Nightfall hourglass quilt I made for my quilt market booth with layers of cozy patchwork and Aurifil thread stitched pillows! It's so magical!!

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I'm thrilled to finally have this collection on hand for quilt-making! Over the weekend I finished up my very first Nightfall quilt top using my advanced yardage, combined with Amy Sinibald's new Playground collection. I posted a few peeks on my Instagram and plan to share more later this week, I can't wait! I have so many quilt pattern ideas for this collection and each one is so different from the next. This simple quilt of large hourglass blocks is such a great way to showoff the pretty color palette of Nightfall, while the log cabin style Quick Quilt As You Go quilt peeking out underneath is such a great way to highlight my Bird of Night owls, one of the main prints in the collection!

Nightfall Lookbook!

In the Lookbook you will also find TWO free PDF quilt patterns! This Foxfire quilt was designed to frame both the Moon Stories bunny & moon prints and the Bird of Night owls with scrappy patchwork and half square triangles. To me, this pattern really sparkles, which couldn't be more perfect for this night themed collection! You can download the pattern for yourself right, HERE!

Nightfall LookBook   Foxfire Quilt Pattern

This second PDF pattern, Crescent Moon, was designed by the talented AGF Studio girls and features the Moonset colorway of Nightfall. This colorful, moon-filled quilt pattern is such a fun way to use these prints! To download this pattern simply click HERE!

Nightfall LookBook   Crescent Moon Quilt Pattern

You all know how much I LOVE making pillows, especially ones made using my Quick Quilt As You Go Craftsy class! I made ten pillows for this past Quilt Market with my strike offs and was happy to see some of them included in the Lookbook, along with a log cabin pillow made by my friend Heidi Staples (Fabric Mutt)!

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I'm overjoyed that Nightfall is finally here, that it starts shipping to stores this week, and I can't wait to see all the things you're going to create with this new collection! To ensure I don't miss a thing, please remember to use the collection hashtag #NightfallFabrics and to tag me @maureencracknell when you share anything Nightfall on Instagram, or to upload your Nightfall stash and project photos to my Maureen Cracknell Handmade Facebook page!

NIghtfall LookBook Swatches

To celebrate this release, the AGF Blog is having a huge Giveaway for a complete fat quarter bundle!! Be sure to enter by clicking right HERE for a chance to win!

nightfall giveaway

I'll be back soon to share the amazing Nightfall garments & bags that were featured in the LookBook, along with more of my own projects to get you inspired to sew with Nightfall!

Thank you all for your continued support, encouragement, & love!  ♡ Maureen  

Monday, August 29, 2016

An Hourglass Quilt Top : :

This weekend we made time to photograph two new quilt tops and I'm so excited to share both of them here on the blog this week!

First up, a scrappy hourglass quilt featuring Bonnie Christine's latest collection with AGF, Hello, Ollie!

Hello, Ollie Hourglass Quilt

Hello, Ollie is the very first certified organic cotton fabric collection for Art Gallery Fabrics and the quality is absolutely amazing! These truly are the softest, most luxurious organic fabrics I have ever used. Hello, Ollie is a beautiful mix of soft & delicate hues with fun pops of color, and is packed full of sweet feathered creatures and garden blooms!

Hello, Ollie by Bonnie Christine

When this collection arrived we were in the thick of Summer break, where a week would quickly go by with little to no sewing time for this mama to three. In an effort to begin a new Hello, Ollie quilt with very high hopes that I might actually finish it up, I settled on one of my go-to pattern favorites for producing a pretty but speedy quilt using the hourglass block. The "make four at a time" method I use makes for quick work, and in no time I had all the blocks needed for a generous throw size quilt top!

Hello, Ollie Hourglass Quilt

Hello, Ollis Hourglass Blocks

There's a beautiful maple farm about forty minutes from our home that happens to have pond where two swans actually live. The moment I finished this quilt top I've been waiting for the chance to photograph it at this perfect spot, and then a week ago when we ventured there for brunch I completely forgot about it! I'm still kicking myself for that one, but this pretty tree shot from Saturday almost made me forget about it. It's my favorite photo from the bunch!

Hello, Ollie Hourglass Quilt

Isn't it dreamy! When it comes to photographing these light, feathery quilt tops the slightest bit of wind can make it impossible to take photos while my husband holds it steady. Seeking out special trees like this one and the split rail wood fencing we're so lucky to have throughout the areas surrounding my hometown are perfect substitutes!

Hello, Ollie Hourglass Quilt

I plan to back this quilt with a sea of swans using Bonnie's Swanlings Bevy in Nightfall print!

Hello, Ollie Swans Quilt Back

And, once it's completely finished I promise to find my way to those swans!

You can find this beautiful Hello, Ollie collection newly available at Fat Quarter Shop, Llama Fabrics, and on SALE at Lady Belle Fabric!

♡ Maureen  

Friday, August 26, 2016

A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

It's Fabric Giveaway Friday!  

Observer Giveaway!

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My sponsor Llama Fabrics is a wonderful online Etsy fabric shop full of the most beautiful photos of each season's "must have" fabrics! Offerings include collections by Tula Pink, Leah Duncan, Jeni Baker, Anna Maria Horner and more, all from our favorite manufacturers Art Gallery Fabrics, Free Spirit, and Michael Miller, just to name a few! New fabrics are added often, sure be sure to follow Llama Fabrics!

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This week, Llama Fabrics is offering the ENTIRE Fat Eighth bundle of the TWENTY beautiful, new prints that make up the Observer collection by designer April Rhodes for Art Gallery Fabrics, PLUS TWELVE coordinating Pure Element solids! YES! This Giveaway  includes a total of THIRTY-TWO prints & solids that make up this lovely custom bundle only available at Llama Fabrics! How amazing and generous!!

Observer Giveaway!!

Observer Giveaway!

You can find this wonderful collection available in a large variety of bundle options and as single cuts of your choosing in the Llama Fabric Shop!! 

Enter to win! 

Here's how,
1. Simply leave a comment here under this post! (one entry)
2. Follow Llama Fabrics on Facebook and/or Instagram! Just let me know that you did by making a separate comment here to record that entry. (optional extra entry) 
3. My followers get a third entry! If you follow here, on Instagram, or on Facebook just let me know by making a separate comment here to record that entry. (optional extra entry)
4. Help spread the word!! I know that many of you already do, so I thought it would be nice to add that as another way to enter! Whether by Instagram, tweet, Facebook, pin, blog, etc... (optional extra entry) 

That’s 4 possible entries! Enter now through Monday, August 29th! The winner will be picked next week at random and I will announce their name at the bottom of this post, here on the blog.

* Note * This giveaway is open to EVERYONE! If you're a "no reply" or anonymous commenter, please remember to include your email address in your comment! 

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Thank you to all who entered our Giveaway! Have a great Friday & weekend! ♡ Maureen

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

AGF Stash -- Observer : :

There's nothing that sparks my creativity more than a fresh bundle of fabric! When April Rhodes' new Observer collection first arrived earlier this month, I wasted no time turning those beauties into a new quilt top! Using big 18" squares of each Observer print and the "Eight At a Time" method for making eight half square triangles at once, I quickly had more than enough HSTs needed to create the quilt top I had sketched out, with plenty of 8" trimmed & ready-to-sew units leftover.

Observer Quilt Plans

Observer Quilt Making

From that first half yard bundle of Observer, all that remained was a pile of narrow strip scraps and a whole lotta HSTs. While I was trying to figure out a way to combine the leftover HSTs with these scraps, a commenter either here or on my Instagram mentioned what an amazing Diamond Weave Quilt this collection would make. Yes!! That idea was such a great one that my mind has been stuck there ever since! But, I'd need MORE Observer...

More for Diamond Weave quilt making.

Observer Love!

More for backing my first Observer quilt.

Observer Quilt Backing

More for Observer quilt bindings.

Observer Quilt Binding

And, even a little Observer canvas for pillow backings and an upholstery project I'm hoping to tackle soon.

Observer Canvas

I think these Observer fabrics will keep me busy for a little while, and I hope you're inspired by these amazing fabrics that are so inspiring me!

My kiddos head back to school this Thursday, so I'm not looking to find much sewing time until then. It's been a wonderful, fun, & busy Summer, but I have to say -- I'm really looking forward to the return of a routine schedule! Who's with me?

XO Maureen  

Friday, August 19, 2016

A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

It's Fabric Giveaway Friday!   

Nightfall Rolls are HERE!

My first bundle of Nightfall

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My sponsor Lady Belle Fabric is run by husband and wife team, Rob & Brooke! In their shop you'll find both bundles and single cuts of handpicked fabrics that are fresh, modern, and fun! Designer fabrics include many of our favorites -- Art Gallery Fabrics, Cotton + Steel, Free Spirit, and Moda, just to name a few! Lady Belle Fabric's goal is to offer the most gorgeous lines of fabric, as quickly as they can! 
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For this week's Fabric Giveaway Friday, Lady Belle Fabric is offering the winner a generous fat quarter bundle of my brand new collection for Art Gallery Fabrics, Nightfall! This bundle will include a fat quarter cut of each of the TWENTY prints that make up this exciting new collection!!

You're all invited to checkout Nightfall, along with a special pre-order SALE of 15% OFF in the Lady Belle Fabric shop as fat quarter bundles and as half yard bundles! Be sure to visit this amazing shop!!

Nightfall Bundle

Nightfall Strike Offs!!

In addition,
Lady Belle Fabric is having a bundle SALE!! With discounts between 15% & 30%, right HERE -->  http://www.ladybellefabric.com/collections/bundles

There is no code needed to enjoy  any of these special discounts! Enjoy!! 

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Enter to win! 

Here's how,
1. Simply leave a comment here in this post! We'd love to know what you plan to stitch up with Nightfall? Feel free to share! (one entry)
2. Follow Lady Belle Fabric on Facebook or on Instagram! Just be sure to let me know you do by making a separate comment here for an extra entry! (optional extra entry)
3. My followers get a third entry! Just let me know that you do by making a separate comment here to record that entry.
(optional extra entry)
4. Help spread the word!! I know that many of you already do, so I thought it would be nice to add that as another way to enter! Whether by Instagram, tweet, facebook, pin, blog, etc... (optional extra entry) 

That’s 4 possible entries! Enter now through Monday, August 22nd!! Winner will be picked at random and I will announce their name at the bottom of this post, here on the blog!

* Note * This giveaway is open to EVERYONE! If you're a "no reply" or anonymous commenter, please remember to include your email address in your comment! 

A BIG thanks to all who entered our Giveaway! This week's lucky winner is commenter,
Jessica Jo! Congratulations, I will be in touch shortly!
♡ Maureen

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sweet Sewing : :

The month of August is packed full of birthdays for my big family and this week we're celebrating many! Amongst the cluster of festivities my twin nieces, Elizabeth and Maeve, will turn ONE. It is so often said with each new year and travel around the sun, but it is indeed so hard to believe it's been a year already for these precious baby girls.  Blink.  We're having a big, group birthday party at our house tomorrow and I'm so excited to see their sweet faces, with their happy grins and tiny teeth, wearing their birthday crowns for the very first time. Different but matching. ♡

The Twin's BDay Crowns

Birthday Crowns & Playground

Without realizing, I chose a color scheme for these two flower crowns that coincidentally matches the colors of the newest fabric collection to arrive at my door, Playground by Amy Sinibaldi for AGF! The peachy pinks and cream, dusty blues, and mauve play together beautifully!

Pretty Playground

Matchy, matchy

Such perfect colors for a new quilt and for birthday crown making don't you think?! I hope to decide on a plan for Playground to keep me busy next week when the Summer vacation comes to an end and the kiddos head back to school, but before that...

Happy, happy Birthday to so many of the ones I love who we're celebrating this month!

XO Maureen